Rolling Stone has your first listen to “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” Neil Finn’s epic end credits tune from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (A lower quality version is embedded above). Inspired by the dwarves’ song from the first chapter of the book, this song features chill-inducing background vocals and aural flourishes that include the sound of a hammer striking an anvil. Not since Billy Joel’s “Allentown” has such a mainstream song featured such a feat! The choice of Finn was a no-brainer seeing how he’s a national treasure in New Zealand due to his work with Split Enz and Crowded House. His performance here is stirring and nearly matches the brilliance of the best Hobbit song ever. Screw dubstep, I’m all about Dwarf Rock. Are you guys feeling this as much as I am?
Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.